Royal Mail Group

Action for Children has new partnership with Royal Mail.

Starting in June 2017, our new partnership with Royal Mail will aim to raise £2 million for a preventative, school-based mental health programme for 13-19 year olds across the UK. We hope to reach thousands of young people who are at risk of developing depression and other mental health issues, and make sure they get the help they need.

Sir Tony Hawkhead, Chief Executive of Action for Children, said:

"On average, every classroom in Britain has three children with a diagnosable mental health illness. If we act early, we can prevent these illnesses from having a devastating impact on those children for the rest of their lives. I am delighted that Action for Children has been chosen as Royal Mail Group’s new charity partner.

"Our partnership will enable us to run a preventative schools programme in local communities throughout our country so that we can prevent thousands of young people from experiencing preventable, long term mental illness. Together, we can show them that life is worth living."


We know that over half of mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) start by the age of 14 [1]. Despite this, public spending focuses on dealing with crisis rather than early intervention. Tackling mental health issues in young people is a major need across the UK.

Our programme will work intensively with groups of 8 young people over a 6-week period. Staff will use cognitive behavioural therapy techniques. Staff will give young people tools to cope with the current and future challenges they will face.

Based in local schools and colleges, our partnership focuses on supporting those young people in greatest need.

Lily Heinemann, Head of CR & Community Investment, Royal Mail Group said:

"Mental ill-health is one of the most serious and challenging health issues facing us today. Around three young people in every classroom suffer from a diagnosable mental health problem and admissions of young people to hospital due to self-harm have increased by around 70 per cent in the last 10 years. That’s why I am proud to announce that Royal Mail will be partnering with Action for Children over the next three years, working together to help prevent young people from developing depression and other mental health problems."

Action for Children, Royal Mail partnership

[1] Future in Mind – DoH & NHS England 2015

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